Once again the Transition Year Students of Millstreet Community Scholl have been out and about giving back to their community. Tuesday 3rd of May the TY Students under to supervision of Millstreet Tidy Town Volunteers partial in a Litter Pick. The 24 students picked up a significant amount of litter covering the approach roads into town on this occasion. As ever Millstreet Tidy Town Association are ever grateful for the support that the Millstreet Community School show every year in all projects that we approach them with especially to Mr Derry Morley for his continued support.
Millstreet Tidy Town are delighted to announce that Denis and all his hard workers at FÁS have completed all the Wild Flower Areas in the Town Park. All 3 beds have been sprayed in preparation for planting in April/May. This is an ongoing project as part of our work with Wildlife Biologist, Tony Keneally. The Wild Flower Areas will be a beautiful addition to the Town Park. Our greatest thanks to Denis and the lads and all their tireless work.
Millstreet Tidy Towns is actively involved in conserving and enhancing wildlife in the Millstreet area and we have recently had a Biodiversity Action Plan produced for Millstreet. As part of this plan we have made 20 garden bird nest boxes and we are now looking for suitable homes within Millstreet for each box. The nest boxes were made by Millstreet Mens Shed and they are of a very high quality.
The boxes are suitable for Blue Tit and Great Tit which readily use nest boxes. The boxes can be placed on the wall of a building or on the trunk of a tree. Suitable homes would include houses that have a garden with some amount of cover including shrubs, hedging and trees. Houses with cats as pets are not suitable. Boxes will be fitted by Millstreet Tidy Towns/Mens Shed.
By taking a box you are providing a safe and secure nest site for our garden birds and helping in their conservation, as well as enjoying watching the birds use your nest box.In return,we would ask that you complete a once yearly survey detailing the type and number of birds using the birdbox.
If you are interested in taking a box please contact us here and leave your name, address and contact number and we will be in touch with you. Deadline for applications is Thursday, 24th of March. All applications will be vetted for suitability of location by Tony Keneally our Wildlife Biologist.
List of ways to contact us: www.millstreettidytown.ie
Millstreet Tidy Town are delighted to share the news that the Millstreet – Pommerit-Le-Vicomte Twinning signs have been replaced with new signs, with a grant received for Cork County Council. Millstreet Tidy Town attempted to have these unsuccessfully cleaned up over the last number of years and discovered that it really was time for these to be replaced. The new signs are a welcome sight to the lead roads into town. Big thanks to the FÁS workers for installing the new sign. Well done to all involved.
Millstreet Tidy Town Association are delighted to be working with Wildlife Biologist, Tony Keneally this year. Last week he paid a visit to 3rd Class of Millstreet Boys National SChool. Here is how they got on:
“The children were taking part in the Winter Garden Bird Survey run by Birdwatch Ireland. A feeding station with 2 peanut feeders was placed in the lawn outside the window of 3rd class. The kids have to record the different species of birds they see on or around the feeder. At the end of the week they fill in a form recording the highest number of each species seen during the week.
The survey runs from December – February and is a great way of raising awareness of the different species of garden birds, as well as being a valuable source of information for Birdwatch Ireland who can monitor the trends in bird numbers based on results submitted by schools and individuals.
I visited the school twice, once to give them posters and identification tips on the birds they were likely to see. My second visit was to check the progress and see how the kids were getting on.
At the start the kids knew 1 or 2 species whereas on my second visit they can identify at least 6 different species of bird and know about another 8 species. So overall it has suceeded in raising awareness and the kids have learnt to recognise different species.
Happy New Year to Everybody. Apologies for the lack of communication for last number of weeks. This is now to end. Back to regular updates and posts. I can here all the shouts of joy from here. So what better way to start a New Year than to reflect on the achievements of the previous year. There is so much to choose from. Well we had a very successful Anti Litter Challenge campaign this last year. We have an eye on first place for 2016. Then there is also the various projects that Tony Keneally, Wildlife Biologist has been heavily involved in with both the National and Secondary Schools. Also brilliant results in the National Tidy Town for this past year, only narrowly missing out on a Bronze Medal. Millstreet won a Pride of Place award in October. New Water Butts were placed throughout the Town, as were hanging baskets and Nest boxes. Let’s not forget about the new Footpaths. These are only a few of the amazing accomplishments achieved by volunteers, FÁS workers, Council Workers and many more. All kindly giving up their time and energy to make our town a wonderful place to live. So what are the hopes for 2016. Well aim high is what I think. Anyone fancy volunteering email, tweet, Facebook, there no shortage of ways to communicate your interest to us. There is always plenty of work to be done. So as we begin to see a stretch starting to creep back into the evening and the rain has finally stopped, I found a nice little New Year’s quote that kind of sums up the feeling really.
“Be More Awesome Than Last Year”
Millstreet Tidy Town Association are delighted to announce that this evening, Millstreet won Pride of Place award @ the Cork County Federation Muintir Na Tire awards ceremony held @ the Oriel Hotel in Ballincollig. Muintir Na Tire are an organisation that aids community development County Cork. We are so proud of have received this award and accepted it behalf of Millstreet Town. It is a testament to all the hard work that has put in to making a town a beautiful place. A sincere thanks to Muintir Na Tire for this award and a massive congratulations to all involved. We will have to talk to Supervalu about building an extension to hold all these awards for all to see. LOL.
Drum Roll please…. Tough competition this year guys so many business to choose from. A huge effort and great to see. There can only be one winner though. Derry Sheehan, Millstreet Tidy Town Association Chairperson was delighted to announce that O’Flynn Medical have won Best Commercial Premises 2015. Tadhg and Ann O’Flynn were delighted to accept the award this evening on behalf of their company. Ann and Tadhg were presented with a wall plaque which will be placed outside their premises. Highly commended for 2015 are Tony O’Brien Butcher and Noel C. Duggan. Again tough decision this year as a massive effort put forward by the local business in Millstreet. A sincere congratulations to all involved.
The Results are in. Ladies and Gentleman, Millstreet Tidy Town Association are delighted to announce that the winners for Best Residential Area for 2015 is Murphy’s Terrace. Massive congratulations to all involved. A wall plaque was presented to representatives of Murphy’s Terrace this evening by Derry Sheehan, Chairperson of Millstreet Tidy Town Association. Highly commended for this year also are Clara Road and The Tanyard, Drishane Road. A sincere congratulations to all involved and a massive thanks to the great effort made by all these people in their efforts to make our town a more beautiful place.